Remembering a Princess
Royalmania, or, more appropriately, Dimania, had arrived in 1983 during Diana’s first trip to Canada. This week, in memory of Diana’s death, a Maclean’s exclusive looks back at the droves of admirers who fell prey to royal fever, as “a reminder of the warm place Britain and the monarchy retains in Canada’s heart.”
Jean Chretien championed the “Team Canada” trade missions that elevated the profile of Canadian businesses in the 1990s. It was “the largest peacetime trade delegation that Canada has ever sent abroad,” wrote former Maclean’s editor Anthony Wilson-Smith. The G8 Summit is around the corner, and Justin Trudeau is hoping to revive the golden years of China’s relationship with Canada.
He ran a bright orange caravan, 45 cars long, and a circus factory in Brantford, On. Amidst kewpie dolls and striped suits, this is the story of James Wesley Conklin, who landed a contract to handle the amusement area at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1941. That summer, Canada’s biggest carnival show was born.
At the Olympics, everything is on the line. Every triumph is bigger, bolder and more breathtaking, every defeat more difficult, and every scandal more disappointing. This collection of Olympic moments profiles one of the greatest sprinters of all time, and reveals an unlikely winner of the “most dangerous event.” If you think the Rio Games have been a fiasco before they’ve even started, read John McMurtry’s essay on the Montreal Games in 1973.
“A song has to have a point of view, a philosophy to hold it together,” Gordon Lightfoot said in 1968. Canada has long boasted great songwriters, and we keep finding new talent. What does a Portuguese-Canadian girl cleaning hotel rooms in Victoria have in common with a child superstar scoring three billion hits on YouTube? They’re both stories of artists who have helped push the Canadian music scene into a promising groove.